and, in the situation of world war II, i would have used a ground force. they can tell what they shoot at.
Maybe you didn't know..... The germans had that whole Blitzcreek thing down pat. And the first step was to quickly blow the shit out of you from the sky, in WWII airplanes weren't a fancy thing to blow up houses with, they were what fought the war. If you own the air u can pretty much kill their ground stuff fairly easily.
They were despareate times, that called for desparate measures.